Our Founding Story

United by the idea of building an ecosystem for founders in Southeast Asia, Peng T. Ong, So-Young Kang, and Roger Hamilton started the Founders Coaching Pause (FCP) in 2015. The 3-day program was built to provide founders with the necessary frameworks and tools to scale their companies facilitated by experienced startup coaches.

In 2017, Tomas Laboutka joined forces with the FCP team to launch SEA Founders. Two additional programs were introduced: the Masterclass Series (quarterly events) and the Local Forums. The organization was established in four cities—Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Bangkok. November 2017 saw the first Masterclass.

By mid-2018, SEA Founders partnered with Found8 and Grace Sai (Co-founder of Found8) introduced Moderator Training to help members more effectively run Local Forums. In 2019, lead by Sara Koh, the operational team of SEA Founders spun off from Found8.

Today, SEA Founders runs as an independent, member-funded, not-for-profit organization. Our vision: Support growth-stage founders to scale in Southeast Asia, faster.

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Board of Directors

Managing Partner, Monk's Hill Ventures

Peng T. Ong was the co-founder and CTO of Match.com (acquired by IAC). After Match.com, he was the founder and CEO of Interwoven, which went public on NASDAQ. He is currently the managing partner at Monk’s Hill Ventures.

Founder, SEA Founders

Tomas Laboutka is a serial entrepreneur and leader who is passionate about innovating and shaking up industries. Over the course of the past decade, he has built and scaled four ventures, including HotelQuickly.

Founder & CEO, Gnowbe
So-Young Kang has nearly 20 years of experience advising leaders globally and is a sought-after speaker across US, Asia, Middle East and Africa on various topics across leadership, innovation and transformation. She is founder and CEO of Gnowbe.
Founder, Entrepreneurs’ Institute
Roger James Hamilton is a world renowned futurist and social entrepreneur. He is the Founder of Entrepreneurs Institute and the creator of the Wealth Dynamics & Talent Dynamics profiling systems, used by over 250,000 entrepreneurs to follow their flow.